Get the 52, many here have one, if they were going for $800 only three or four would have one. Mine is Super-flex (slightly vague in terminology as is Wet Noodle, in there is a fair amount of variance of flex in nibs that can spread their tines 4-5-6 or 7 X a light down stroke... Some are Weak Kneed Wet Noodles.).. My nib goes when using a very, very light hand from XXF to BBB, with heavier hand.
My hand is sort of heavy, normally I am writing it with an F.
The first thing one has to get over ..... is the NOS.
Sure if one has a big collection of something....and a big wallet I could see buying a NOS to hang on the wall.
If you are going to use it, it will not be NOS... I've had the good fortune of getting a few NOS pens that I used ASAP.
Would I have bought the pens, 'used', sure.
A couple of times I did not realize the pens were NOS, until I got them. Am I to let them rot in the corner?
Cheap NOS is what I got...off the wall brands, still good pens that I have fun with.
Why pay extra, and often a lot more for NOS? When one can get a real nice almost 'new' pen for lots less.
Of course, that's my opinion and I'm known to be cheap....except for Single Malts.
German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,
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